Central OK Hybrids
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Posted on Wednesday Aug 22, 2012 at 8:28 PM  

Ok...I realize there are hybrids stocked in the city along the Canadian Rover chain but...what's it going to take to get some stocked elsewhere? To me, Thunderbird would be an absolute great hybrid fishery. I realize there USED to be hybrids stocked in Konawa but not sure what happened there. Do we need an OKC OSBA or something? Help me here. I think getting something going around here would be nothing but great.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM  
I find myself wondering the same. It seems like the hybrids stockings are very well utilized around Stillwater on East to the Tulsa area but around here it's spotty at best. What is it that makes them so well suited in other parts but not Central Ok. I would love to be a part of anything that could help get them in our area.....Especially back into Konawa where they belong
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Posted on Wednesday Aug 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM  
Not sure what the deal is. Habitat maybe.
I do know it's kinda funny, years ago when the ODWC stocked hybrids in the Eufaula, the crappie simpletons threw up a major crap storm. I mean come on, how can anyone be so clueless. They could have continued to stock with hybrids or stripers and probably actually increased the quality of the crappie fishing. If not, who cares. At least we would have a quality fishery that could have a major impact on the economy in that area.

Hmm, guess maybe I'm a little tilted toward the linesides?
Posted on Thursday Aug 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Well as far as dirtybird, there's not much there. I'd think the hybrids would be a popular commodity there if the lake could support them. We know they live in Konawa but Shawn caught them all and we need a new hatch.
Posted on Thursday Aug 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
ODWC has started stocking hybrids in Arcadia in the past 5 or 6 years. Overholser and Hefner get some from the river above OKC. A big reason hybrids are not stocked into Thunderbird is so we are not overstocking predators. T-Bird is one of the best saugeye fisheries in the state and ODWC biologists are VERY conservative about stocking multiple predators into a single waterbody. Just ask Bill W about the saugeye stocking history in Sooner for a good example of why we do not stock multiple predators in many lakes.

There are some obvious exceptions like Fort Cobb, Tom Steed, and Carl Blackwell but they are exceptions. We also have a limited supply of hybrids that our hatcheries can produce each year. Is it worth Birch or Fort Cobb missing a year of hybrids to experiment with them in Thunderbird instead? We are trying to find a balance in terms of hybrid production supply and stocking into KNOWN good hybrid waters versus trying to establish them in other lakes. Konawa is having growth issues with LM bass and in that case the biologist chose to reduce hybrid stockings in an effort to reduce predator density to try and bring the bass weights back up.

I realize that most of you have a strong preference for Morone species (some of you probably borden on insanity ) but ODWC is trying to balance multiple predator species stocking with angler desires and what is biologically sound for any given lake. The best way to get your voice heard is to contact your local biologist and have a civil conversation about the idea of stocking hybrids. Just be willing to listen to their expert opinion if you expect them to listen to your expert opinion.
Posted on Thursday Aug 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM  
Maybe they should just throw a ton of striped bass fingerlings in Eufaula lake and forget about it . I see what you are saying, you just have to convince the biologist what fish is most popular amongst the masses
Posted on Friday Aug 24, 2012 at 7:55 AM  
Where is the border in this insanity thing? May have accidently crossed it.

I really have a hard time understanding the attraction to the 'big mouthed green sunfish'. Given a choice I'll go with the linesides every time.
Posted on Saturday Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM  
Kuk says:
"I realize that most of you have a strong preference for Morone species (some of you probably borden on insanity ) but ODWC is trying to balance multiple predator species stocking with angler desires and what is biologically sound for any given lake."

I says the INSANITY is purely ODWC fault -- I was a PERFECTLY happy well adjusted Largemouth fisherman in the late seventies till ya'll had to go ahead and provide me with a new adrenaline rush - now dang nab-it the addiction became so strong I had to continue to saltwater for bigger and bigger pulls

Then ODWC pulls in its horns and abandons my source of FIX to the whims of nature for twenty five years BEFORE you started helping again.

I ain't but half crazy
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Posted on Sunday Sep 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM  
ya-ODWC stocked 'em, we just showed up for the fight of our lifes. Had a 5 lb hybird stip some drag last night, now when do LMB's do that, pound for pound. Nothing wrong with bass fishin' either. Hey we're hosting two BASS events, got something good happenin' there!!! If you all do the sriper right, I'll be huntin' the smoothest drag baitcaster around, out of neccesity.
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